Shoulder-Length Asian Hairstyles

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Shoulder-Length Asian Hairstyles
Adding layers gives Asian hair more volume for styling. (sexy Asian girl image by NorthShoreSurfPhotos from

Different ethnic groups have their own unique types of hair. Asian hair is characterised by its beautiful dark colour, thickness and brilliant shine. However, Asian hair is also very straight, so it can be challenging to maintain volume with this hair type. The best way to wear shoulder-length Asian hair is to work with the hair's texture and create a style that complements facial features.

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If you want to give your hair extra body, movement and style, consider adding layers. Layers add volume to shoulder-length hair, and are great for achieving a fuller look. Keep in mind that different types of layers will give your hair different styles. For example, long layers are subtle and soft, while blunt, choppy layers stand out more and are considered edgy.

Marie Claire magazine suggests styling layered hair with a volume mousse applied at the roots. Then use a nozzle attachment on your blow dryer to dry your hair, directing the hot air at the roots. This will lift the layers and add fullness to your crown.


Adding fringe to a shoulder-length hairstyle is a great way to frame the face. Long or short fringe will make your facial features stand out. A blunt, shoulder-length cut with straight-across fringe is stylish and timeless for women of all ages. Keep fringe straight, and use a flatiron to keep the ends of the fringe sharp and strong. This look can be worn alone or with accessories, such as a pretty hairpin or headband.


Sweeping your shoulder-length hair to the side is a feminine look that can be styled neatly or messily. To accomplish a neat side sweep, use an anti-frizz serum to tame those pesky strays. Pin your hair to the side with hair clips and let the loose ends of your hair fall to one shoulder. For a more elegant look, curl the loose hair with large rollers and finish with a light-hold hairspray.

Messy side-swept looks are appropriate for casual hairstyles. Here, do not worry about taming frizzy strands. Instead, embrace those unruly pieces by letting them casually fall and frame your face. Tie hair to the side with a ponytail band or large pin. A headband can be added to this hairstyle as well.


The great thing about shoulder-length hair is its versatility; it is long enough to pull up without the fuss of having too much hair left over or hanging down. Updos, such as buns, ponytails and twists, are a great way to expose and elongate the neck, as well as show off a fun pair of chandelier earrings.

To effectively style Asian hair in an updo, it is important to make sure that the hair is not too oily, or else it can easily slip out of the pins or clips. In the same vein, avoid using styling creams or serums that add sleek finishes. For updos, use lots of hairspray.

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